AMD Announces Development of DTX Form Factor
Anh Tuan Huynh
January 10, 2007 12:00 AM
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AMD's David Schwarzbach holding a DTX PCB panel
AMD works on new small form factor standard
AMD today announced the company is developing a new small form factor standard. The new form factor, dubbed DTX, is AMD’s attempt to unify the various proprietary small form factors currently in use. DTX will be an open industry standard available to all case, motherboard and system manufacturers, but will not be limited to AMD-based products.
There will be two DTX standards available -- DTX and mini-DTX. The current DTX specification will only define a few requirements, the primary of which are motherboard mounting points and keep-out areas. Alternative specifications, like Micro-BTX, have strict guidelines for everything from airflow regulation to legacy I/O definitions.
AMD claims the consumer market needs a small form factor standard for the following reasons:
Electricity cost savings
Take up less space for both practical and aesthetic purposes
Enables systems that are quiet
Do not generate excessive heat
The enterprise clients need a small form factor for the following reasons:
Lower energy bills to help reduce operating costs
Enables differentiated and competitive solutions
Smaller, sleeker form factors take up less space in offices and cubicles and are designed to operate quietly
DTX falls between the current Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX standards. DTX motherboards will measure in at 200mm by 244mm compared to the 170mm by 170mm footprint of Mini-ITX motherboards. MicroATX motherboards measure 244mm by 244mm.
Mini-DTX will initially target sub-6 liter enclosures and support processors with TDPs up to 35 watts. The footprint of Mini-DTX motherboards will be 200mm x 170mm -- just a tad wider than Mini-ITX motherboards.
While there are already plenty of other standards on the market such as ATX, Mini-ITX and BTX, AMD’s goal with DTX is greater flexibility and lower costs. Greater flexibility is achieved by making DTX motherboards backwards-compatible with ATX and Micro-ATX. Lower costs will be addressed with DTX due to the clever sizing of DTX motherboards. Most manufacturers are able to produce two standard ATX motherboard PCBs per PCB panel, a manufacturer can now cut four DTX or six Mini-DTX motherboards from the same panel.
There will be room for two expansion slots on DTX motherboards. No constraints have been set for the expansion slot configuration, which leaves manufacturers to decide which slots are needed. An ExpressCard expansion slot is also planned for the DTX form factor.
Expect AMD to release the final DTX specification later this quarter. It is unknown when or if manufacturers will produce systems and components based around the DTX standard, but several motherboard and enclosure manufacturers have already announced DTX products will appear in their 2007 roadmaps.
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RE: A replacement for ATX would also be nice
1/12/2007 3:57:44 PM
Well... to be honest I don't think it was a very good post and there is a misleading part which could deserve a down rating...
It misleads in two ways:
1 - It associates IA64 and EMT64, two very different architectures (although IA64 can run x86 code)
2 - It does not mention that it was AMD that developed the architecture. Intel only used AMD's architecture due to market pressure (namely MicroSoft) and because they can, due to cross license agreements. AMD deserves all the credit for "fixing" x86 (the new architecture makes a hole lot of improvements, correcting most of x86's major flaws).
Maybe you did know all of this... your post does not say anything contradicting what I said... but it was misleading... do you agree?
P.S. Disclaimer: I bought a lot of Intel stock and I'm hoping they make piles of money this year... Their stock is very undervalued for their position in the market.
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